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Kuwait back to the polls


Rodger Shanahan


20 March 2009 09:25

This previous post outlined the hectic pace of elections to be conducted in the Middle East in 2009. Now another can be added to the list, as Kuwait will need to go to the polls within two months following the Amir's dissolution of parliament and appointment of the Crown Prince as prime minister following the election.
Barely four months after the Cabinet resigned and a new one was appointed, and two years after the Assembly was dissolved previously, Kuwait's fractious assembly's targeting of the Prime Minister and the inability of the Government to pass key legislation has seen the Amir lose patience.

Given that the current Prime Minister had resigned four times since his appointment in February 2006, the identification of the Crown Prince to be the new prime minister (the practice until 2003) signals a determination on the part of the ruling family to use its authority to keep the fractious Assembly more in line and focused on substantive issues rather than personality politics. Most pleasing about all of this though, is that the Amir worked within his constitutional boundaries when he dissolved parliament — something that augurs well for the future of this Gulf's Emirates' democratic institutions.